Mark Carriere | 2/10/2017 9:49:58 PM
180 East Main St., 1st Floor, New Roads, LA 70760
8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mark Carriere - Parish Chair
Tara Manuel - Administrative Coordinator
4-H and Youth Development:
Co-curricular with school system(Healthy Lifestyles).
Livestock Program, Shooting Sports Program,
ATV Safety Program
Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR):
Agronomic Crops: Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Soybeans, Sugarcane, Rice, Wheat
Fisheries: Crawfish, Ponds, Environment/Watersheds
Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle Horses, Pasture/Forages
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Master Gardener Coordinator
Sara Shields, PhD
State Master Gardener Coordinator Central Region Hort. Coord.
4-H Youth Development
The incidence of youth obesity is rising at alarming rate, not only in Pointe Coupee Parish, but across the country. Thirteen hundred ninety-six 4-H youth learned to make healthy food choices especially when selecting snacks, the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the role exercise plays in improving health in a six monthly club meeting programs. As a result of participating in these programs, youth reported having a better understanding of nutritional labels, while 30% actually used the labels when selecting healthy snacks.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Pointe Coupee is a major agricultural parish that produces soybeans, sugarcane, cotton, corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and rice; all being grown on 165,000 acres. Pointe Coupee farmers rely on information from the LSU AgCenter to stay productive. Therefore, the parish hosts an annual Farm Forum with presentations from specialists and researchers who provide the most current research based information available. Due to this specialized training, farmers have been able to reduce inputs thus saving millions of dollars over the past ten years.
Horticulture & Gardening
Home horticulture in Pointe Coupee is mainly focused on home gardens (including backyard fruit trees, vegetable plots, and berry patches) and home landscapes. The demand for research-based home horticulture information continues to increase as homeowners commonly require assistance with questions and issues regarding home gardens. These issues may include plant identification; pest, disease, and weed control; plant selection and plant placement for home landscapes and fruit/vegetable gardens. In addition to home horticulture, public elementary school children are introduced to gardening techniques and healthy food through the implementation of school garden lessons and programs.
Who we reach:1,396 – Youth
16,233 - Adults
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:184 - Volunteers
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $118,601,837.
—Aquaculture and wildlife - $4,672,112.
—Animal enterprises - $13,024,216.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 22,268
Land area (square miles) - 557.35 Persons under 18 years old - 22.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 19.1%
Median household income - $44,275
Persons below poverty - 19.7%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture through the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Increase healthy living through horticulture and environmental stewardship.